(bne) – The range of publicly traded equities for Kazakhstan-focused funds to invest in has so far been limited mainly to the commodity and banking sectors. But the planned “People’s IPO” program is set to change that, ushering in an age of exchange-traded funds.
(bne) – With Kazakhstan’s presidential elections out of the way, the focus in Astana is on the “People’s IPOs”. Plans to sell minority stakes in various state-owned enterprises are a little behind schedule, but due to take place by the end of the year.
Although the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) is the most developed in Central Asia, its development has been slow compared to the country’s banking sector. It now faces an uphill struggle due to intense competition from foreign exchanges for Kazakhstan’s highly attractive pipeline of IPOs.